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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | June 10, 2009
WASHINGTON - -House Republicans passed over Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland yesterday in choosing a new top Republican for the Armed Services Committee. The powerful post of ranking Republican went to Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon of California, a more junior member of the panel. He replaces Rep. John M. McHugh of New York, who was selected by President Barack Obama to be the next Army secretary. The closed-door decision was a vote of no confidence in Bartlett by the Republican leadership, which usually follows seniority in assigning key positions.
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By Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli and David S. Cloud, Tribune Newspapers | June 4, 2014
The release of America's only prisoner of war in Afghanistan in a trade for five senior Taliban commanders from U.S. custody took only minutes Saturday. But it followed 31/2 years of secret on-and-off negotiations that produced far less than the White House had hoped. The idea of swapping prisoners emerged in early 2011, administration and congressional officials said Tuesday, when U.S. officials still sought to convince Taliban political leaders to come to the negotiating table to end the grinding war in Afghanistan.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 12, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said yesterday his panel will not recommendtrimming nearly as much from the defense budget this year as the $15 billion cut approved by the House, for fear it would have an adverse impact on jobs.In an interview with reporters, Sen. Sam Nunn said he did not see how Congress could go much beyond the $7 billion in reductions that President Bush has proposed for fiscal 1993 "without having significant adverse effects on military personnel and on defense-industry personnel."
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Capt. Thomas L. MacKenzie, a retired career Navy officer who was a staff member of the House Armed Services Committee, died Sept. 27 at Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Va., of complications from a fall. The Alexandria resident was 65. The son of a government worker and a homemaker, Thomas L. MacKenzie was born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea. He was a 1966 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Academy in 1970.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 27, 1995
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- On Dec. 7, 1941, Adm. Husband E. Kimmel commanded the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.Kimmel's family has fought for nearly a half-century to clear the admiral's name, claiming they have documents that prove Washington officials failed to forward information that could have aided him in his defense of the strategic naval base.Today in Washington, the family will finally be heard.Sen. Strom Thurmond, the Senate Armed Services Committee's chairman, will co-chair a hearing about the late admiral and his Army counterpart, Lt. Gen. Walter Short, with Rep. Floyd Spence, the House Armed Services Committee's chairman.
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By Mark Silva Tribune Newspapers | June 3, 2009
WASHINGTON - -President Barack Obama nominated yesterday as secretary of the Army a nine-term Republican congressman whose upstate New York district is home to the 10th Mountain Division, which is said to lead all other units in overseas deployments. Rep. John M. McHugh, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, becomes the second Republican that Obama has selected for a senior Defense Department post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, appointed to the top Pentagon post by President George W. Bush, was asked to stay on in the new administration.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | December 15, 1992
Congressman-elect Roscoe Bartlett has been appointed to two House committees -- Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology.He was not appointed to the committee that had been his first choice -- Energy and Commerce -- but said yesterday he is pleased nonetheless."
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Sun Staff Writer | July 14, 1995
In an attempt to bolster sagging applications to the country's military academies, a Senate committee yesterday approved a measure that would reduce the active duty requirement for graduates from six years to five.The provision, supported by Naval Academy Superintendent Adm. Charles R. Larson and by the superintendents of the other service academies, is expected to be brought before Congress before the summer break next month. The other academies are the Military Academy at West Point and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Washington Bureau of The Sun | January 20, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee have called for a $270 billion defense budget for next year, $14 billion above President Clinton's proposal.The extra money would forestall another decline in what the Republicans regard as an underfunded Pentagon budget that is harming military readiness and hampering weapons modernization.In a letter dated Wednesday to the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, New Mexico Republican Pete V. Domenici, the 11 Republicans on the Armed Services Committee said the increase was "the only prudent course" to counter the "woefully deficient" readiness of U.S. forces to enter combat.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | June 14, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Armed Services Committee cut funding for Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-22 fighter plane yesterday in work on the fiscal 1998 defense budget, Sen. Carl Levin said.Levin, a Michigan Democrat and the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, told reporters the committee also approved funding the Clinton administration requested for McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s F/A-18E/F fighter, and moved to prohibit funding for additional Northrop Grumman Corp. B-2 bombers.Finally, the committee approved a cooperative production arrangement for the U.S. Navy's newest submarines that General Dynamics Corp.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | June 10, 2009
WASHINGTON - -House Republicans passed over Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland yesterday in choosing a new top Republican for the Armed Services Committee. The powerful post of ranking Republican went to Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon of California, a more junior member of the panel. He replaces Rep. John M. McHugh of New York, who was selected by President Barack Obama to be the next Army secretary. The closed-door decision was a vote of no confidence in Bartlett by the Republican leadership, which usually follows seniority in assigning key positions.
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By Mark Silva Tribune Newspapers | June 3, 2009
WASHINGTON - -President Barack Obama nominated yesterday as secretary of the Army a nine-term Republican congressman whose upstate New York district is home to the 10th Mountain Division, which is said to lead all other units in overseas deployments. Rep. John M. McHugh, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, becomes the second Republican that Obama has selected for a senior Defense Department post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, appointed to the top Pentagon post by President George W. Bush, was asked to stay on in the new administration.
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October 11, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Maryland's congressional delegation defended yesterday the process that will move thousands of military jobs to the state as cost-effective and good for the country, after criticism from other states that spawned an oversight hearing. The federal base realignment and closure plan will ultimately save the military millions of dollars, eliminating duplication of services, improving national defense and improving efficiency, said Heather Moeder Molino, deputy chief of staff for Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat.
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By Kathleen Parker | June 15, 2007
Gen. Peter Pace - the first Marine Corps officer to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - is being precipitously let go. In a surprise announcement last week, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that General Pace wouldn't be renominated to a second term. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chief of naval operations, would take over when the general's term expires Sept. 30. As the highly qualified, deeply respected Pace is being ushered out the door, it is reasonable to wonder why. Is it because he was doing a lousy job?
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By Greg Miller and Greg Miller,Los Angeles Times | December 2, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked Texas congressman and former border patrol agent Silvestre Reyes yesterday to be the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, ending what had become a distracting fight among Democrats over who should get the key post. Reyes will occupy a key position for Democrats seeking to use their newfound majority status to challenge the Bush administration on a range of national security issues, including conduct of the war in Iraq and the capture and interrogation of terrorism suspects abroad.
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October 24, 2005
Gordon Lee, 71, the chubby child actor who played Spanky McFarland's little brother "Porky" in Little Rascals comedies, died Oct. 16 in Minneapolis after battling lung and brain cancer. Mr. Lee played one of the younger members in the Our Gang shorts in the 1930s, appearing in more than 40 of them from 1935 to 1939. The comedies, produced by Hal Roach, became known as The Little Rascals when shown on TV in the 1950s. Among the films Mr. Lee appeared in were Bored of Education, which won the Oscar for best one-reel short subject in 1937.
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By Art Pine and Art Pine,Los Angeles Times | February 4, 1992
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's proposal for $50.4 billion in defense spending cuts encountered its first sign of trouble on Capitol Hill yesterday, as some Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee branded it inadequate and demanded larger reductions to finance domestic programs.At an initial hearing on the proposal, committee chairman Jim Sasser, D-Tenn., dismissed the Bush plan as "hesitant when it should be bold" and "indecisive when it should seize the historic opportunity to convert peace to domestic gain."
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November 7, 1996
PRESIDENT CLINTON, newly re-elected but facing a formidable 10-vote Republican majority in the Senate, is putting together a brand new foreign policy team. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Secretary of Defense William Perry are leaving. With the world in perpetual crisis or semi-crisis, Mr. Clinton can ill-afford protracted confirmation fights over his nominees to fill these two key posts. If he really wants to work with the GOP opposition, here is where he has to start.Would-be successors at Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon will face hearings before two crusty Republican southerners -- Sen. Jesse Helms, head of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Strom Thurmond, chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | June 14, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Armed Services Committee cut funding for Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-22 fighter plane yesterday in work on the fiscal 1998 defense budget, Sen. Carl Levin said.Levin, a Michigan Democrat and the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, told reporters the committee also approved funding the Clinton administration requested for McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s F/A-18E/F fighter, and moved to prohibit funding for additional Northrop Grumman Corp. B-2 bombers.Finally, the committee approved a cooperative production arrangement for the U.S. Navy's newest submarines that General Dynamics Corp.
NEWS
November 7, 1996
PRESIDENT CLINTON, newly re-elected but facing a formidable 10-vote Republican majority in the Senate, is putting together a brand new foreign policy team. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Secretary of Defense William Perry are leaving. With the world in perpetual crisis or semi-crisis, Mr. Clinton can ill-afford protracted confirmation fights over his nominees to fill these two key posts. If he really wants to work with the GOP opposition, here is where he has to start.Would-be successors at Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon will face hearings before two crusty Republican southerners -- Sen. Jesse Helms, head of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Strom Thurmond, chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
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